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September 18, 2022: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pastor's Corner

We have new novices! You may have noticed some new Dominican brothers in the choir and I am delighted to announce that four young men recently received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices. Blessed with different talents and interests, they look forward to giving witness to the Kingdom of God as they continue their formation as Dominican preachers. They will live for this academic year here at St. Dominic Priory and I looking forward to you getting to know them better over the course of their discernment.  Do keep them in your prayers!  In order to better introduce them to you, I have included a brief biography of each of them.

 ~ Fr. Michael

Br. Anthony Michael Martin is from Portland, Oregon. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University. He stayed in Corvallis, Oregon this past year to labor as a Volunteer Missionary to the students on campus and at the Newman Center at Oregon State University. Br. Anthony has a great devotion to Mary. He often contemplates the mystery of Jesus entrusting Mary to the beloved disciple from the cross.

Br. Anthony recently learned to make paracord rosaries so he could help others draw closer to Christ through Mary’s intercession.

Br. Paul Goergen is from St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, he worked for a few years before entering seminary. He studied for both the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter before determining that the Lord was leading him elsewhere. He moved to Southern California where he has worked as a software developer. As he reflects on his vocation journey to this point, Br. Paul perceives a similar dynamic of faith as is seen in the moment that Jesus called St. Peter out onto the water.

Br. Paul hopes to ponder all the Scriptures more profoundly so he can fulfill the Dominican ideal to contemplate and hand on to others the things contemplated (contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere).

Br. Thomas Maria Johns grew up in Puyallup, Washington. After an early interest in Aerospace Engineering, he shifted tracks and earned a double major in Philosophy and Mathematics at Gonzaga University while studying as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Br. Thomas looks to St. Thomas Aquinas as a model for his Dominican life, particularly noting Thomas’s love of Truth and zeal for study. He also shares the Angelic Doctor’s love of the Eucharist and frequently savors the Bread of Life Discourse in John 6.

Br. Thomas prays that he will have the supernatural faith to stand by Jesus and confess his belief like St. Peter.

Br. Alphonsus Vu was born in Vietnam, and his family moved to Orange County, CA when he was a teenager. Br. Alphonsus earned a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Teaching from UC Irvine. For the past several years he has worked as a substitute teacher in a local school system while also teaching catechism at his parish. Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 11 gives him great trust in God the Father’s providential care for each of us.

Br. Alphonsus finds this rest promised by Christ when praying the Rosary and hopes to lead others to find their rest in Jesus through Mary’s loving presence and intercession.





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